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´╗┐Satan's Last Trap

Do you still hold to your integrity? Curse God and die! (Job 2:9, HBFV throughout).

The above are the last words that are spoken by Job's wife in response to his suffering. They are made after Satan kills all of Job's children, annihilates his servants, ruins him financially and curses his body with painful boils (Job 1:13 - 19, 2:7). Her statement in the Bible answers the question as to why the devil destroyed virtually everything Job loved and depended on but left his wife untouched.

Job lived a uniquely righteous life (see Ezekiel 14:14). He was, therefore, someone Satan desperately wanted to take down and have him completely reject God (1:8 - 12, 2:3 - 6). Job's wife was left unscathed as an additional source of temptation to sin!

Note that her last words (which lack any remorse at losing her husband!) are encouraging Job to fully reject God and bring his wrath upon himself. She was tempting him to commit what the Bible calls the unpardonable sin! He, thankfully, resisted the temptation and rebuked his wife for her faithlessness and foolishness (Job 2:10).

Staying Strong to the End

Let me die with the Philistines (Judges 16:30).

These are Samson's final words after God miraculously gives him back his superhuman strength for the last, and greatest, act of his life. After his hair is cut he is captured by the Philistines, who torture and sentence him to hard labor (Judges 16:19 - 21).

Samson ends up as a mocked prisoner at a celebration for the false god Dagon. Pushing against the two giant pillars that support the building he and 3,000 Philistines are in, he causes the entire structure to collapse. This last act not only causes his own death but also destroys more of Israel's enemy than he did his entire life (verse 30)!

Revenge of the Taxpayers

My father made your yoke [financial burden] heavy, but I will add to your yoke. My father whipped you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions (1Kings 12:14).

The above is King Rehoboam's last response to Jeroboam (and all Israel) when asked if he would reduce the incredibly heavy financial burden (i.e. taxes) placed on them by his father Solomon. His terse, defiant and foolish response served as a catalyst for the united Israelite kingdom to split in two.

Greatest Military Defeat

Do not let your God in Whom you trust deceive you, saying, 'Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria . . .' (2Kings 19:10).

Assyria's deportation of those in Lachish
Assyria's deportation of those in Lachish
(20 miles southwest of Jerusalem) during
the reign of Sennacherib (2Kings 18:14).

2Kings 19:10 are some of the mocking words and last warnings King Sennacherib gave to King Hezekiah of Judah. The mighty Assyrians, who were camped around the city (2Kings 19:35), threatened to destroy Jerusalem in 701 B.C. God's response to being labeled weak and a liar brought what is arguably the greatest military defeat of any human army up to that time.

How complete was Assyria's defeat? The invisible Angel of the Lord, sent at night, killed the entire army of 185,000 troops so quickly that all died where they slept! The attack came without warning, with such speed, that not a single soldier was able to sound an alarm or cry for help. Even those in Jerusalem were not aware of what happened until dawn (2Kings 19:35).

Assyria's empire-building war machine was not allowed to raise a single siege mound, or fire any arrows, or even raise a single shield against God's people (verse 32).

Peter's Last Denial

Man, I do not know what you are talking about (Luke 22:60, HBFV throughout).

The above are Peter's last words that sealed his three-fold denial of being one of Jesus' disciples. Christ prophesied this rejection of him would happen before the cock crowed (Matthew 26:34, 75). Interestingly, the gospels complement each other's accounts of this incident.

Matthew and Mark record that this New Testament event took place in the High Priest's courtyard (Matthew 26:69, Mark 14:66). All four gospels state Peter's first denial was spoken to a woman. Matthew and Mark state his second denial was also said to a female, while Luke indicates it was a man.

Luke also reveals the third denial was toward a man (Luke 22:59 - 60). John states this person was a High Priest servant whose relative had their ear cut off by Peter (John 18:10, 26). Matthew and Mark reveal Peter used curse words during his last denial. On a final note, according to Luke, after his third denial Jesus turned from inside the priest's house and looked at Peter (Luke 22:61).

Last Words of Rebuke

For I perceive that you are in the gall [poison] of bitterness and the bondage [under the control] of unrighteousness (Acts 8:23).

Simon Magus was a man willing to work with the devil for the sole purpose of enlarging his own vanity. Magus, using black magic, had performed false miracles for such a long time in Samaria that it earned him the respect of even the most influential people (Acts 8:9 - 11). When Philip visited Samaria, he saw firsthand what REAL miracles looked like (verse 13).

Magus was further amazed and intrigued when he witnessed people receiving God's Spirit through the hands of Peter and John. Believing they possessed, and had authority over, such power (instead of it being dispensed through them at God's discretion), he offered money to obtain this ability for himself. Peter strongly rebuked him, with his last words above summarizing Simon Magus' true spiritual state which ultimately sought to make a profit off of a gift from God.

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